Jul 12, 2013 10:30pm EDT
will be meeting behind closed doors to discuss possible changes to filibuster rules. harry reid has indicated if no agreement is reached he'll make changes that will make it easier to confirm executive nominees. a parliamentarian talked about the history of the full buster and what rule changes would mean for the senate. >> good afternoon. welcome to all of you joining us. >> thank you for joining us via c-span this afternoon and all of our television viewers are welcome to send in questions by -mail to us. we will post the program within 24 hours on our website for your future reference, as well. hosting our discussion today is our senior legal follow in legal and judicial studies and manager of our judicial reform initiative. he handles things like elections, campaign financing, voter fraud and identification laws and registration issues. before joining us, he served for two years as a member of the federal election commission and has been a counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights at the u.s. department of justice. he is a former litigator, and house counsel, and senior c
Jul 12, 2013 10:00am PDT
on the hill this week, the trash talk between mcconnell and harry reid. let's hear it, then i want a sense from not going to respond talking about how many times he's broken his word. >> my friend, the majority leader, is going to be remembered as the worst leader of the senate ever. the leader of the senate who fundamentally changed the body. it makes me sad. >> his name calling -- i guess he follows, i hope not, the demagoguic theory that the more you say something, people will start believing it. >> dems threatening to use the nuclear option. what happens next? >> on monday, all parties will have a meeting to talk about this. that's really unusual. they're going to use the old senate chamber, which is a nod to history that rarely happens. the idea behind this would be to change the rules. the real reason this is so upsetting to members who are republicans now in the minority is they feel like this is an abuse of their rights. they're trying to warn democrats that if you do this and the tables are turned and you're in the minority down the line, you won't like it so much. so it is about
Jul 9, 2013 10:00pm PDT
, but senate majority leader harry reid said the pressure is building. >> he is saying the bipartisan bill that we've done he is not going to touch that. well, we're going to continue to press. the american people, the vast majority of the american people-- democrats and republicans-- support what we did. >> sreenivasan: we'll have more on immigration later in the program tonight. the death toll has risen to 15 in saturday's fiery train wreck in canada. officials said 50 people are still missing in the small town in quebec. they also announced they've opened a criminal investigation into what caused the wreck but gave no details. canada's largest city tried to dry out today after nearly four inches of rain triggered flash floods last night. the severe storm that hit toronto left at least 300,000 people without power. the city's downtown core was dotted with cars that people abandoned as the water rose. the subway system was also swamped, with many metro stations under water. one double-decker commuter train stalled in the flood, trapping about 1,400 passengers during the evening rush hour.